Nearly every day we find ourselves caught in the crux of a moment of decision. Fortunately these are mostly simple things and we dispatch yes or no without a blink. When we are young our choices are launched from a childish point of view. Is it fun? Is it sweet? Will it make us laugh? Will it impress someone else? The young make short-sighted choices because of severe short-sightedness. As we age, and earn some experience, there’s less and less threat for choosing wrongly in the inconsequential matters.
When we are older we pick an option based on a combination of accumulated knowledge that first asks the question, “How will this effect me or mine?” Thus experience requiring consideration of the consequences becomes the principle guideline. While this is good it is also not always enough, when the choice could be life-altering, because the future is the great unknown. Too many variables to consider. We can’t always have all the significant facts available to us. In those cases, we must go with best guess and hope (pray) for a good outcome.
Not choosing should never be regarded as an option because it’s just another way of defaulting to someone else making the choice for us which is rarely, if ever, in our best interest.
Too many times (in this touchy-feely age) choices are made based on emotion, not reason. These are the most dangerous decisions of our lives because what is simply true can easily be buried under a thick pile of untruth. Untruth is a soft way of saying - lies. But lies, regardless how attractive, righteous, good sounding, and upstanding they might appear to be, are nothing but empty promises. All that glitters is not gold, as my mom used to say.
Always - not just occasionally - lies lead to destruction.
This is because, since the author of lies is a crafty shape-shifter, lies are designed to be easily believed. Even first hand experience with having been damaged by lies is not always enough to fine-tune our choice making skills. There is an ongoing battle raging for our souls. It’s an inherent character flaw in human design, built in as a check valve to test our desire to be overcomers. Sometimes, like children, we just prefer the shiny lie over the unvarnished truth so we make our choices, not based on what is true, but rather on what we wish to be true.
In this regard, those who consciously choose to align themselves with untruth set themselves up first for blindness that then leads to destruction.
(John 12:36) While ye have the light, believe on the light, that ye may become sons of light. These things spake Jesus, and he departed and hid himself from them. (12:37) But though he had done so many signs before them, yet they believed not on him: (12:38) that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? And to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? (12:39) For this cause they could not believe, for that Isaiah said again, (12:40) He hath blinded their eyes, and he hardened their heart; Lest they should see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, And should turn, And I should heal them.